Posted: Jun 11, 2011 9:11 PM by Nichole Larkey & AP
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A nearly 15-year search for the person who
killed a U.S. Marshals Service employee at a Louisiana hotel ended
with an arrest in South Carolina, authorities said.
Haywood Devonne Bolton III was arrested Friday in Spartanburg
County. Marshals said he killed 48-year-old Hiram "Bill" Morrical
as he checked into a Bossier City, La., hotel with his wife in
Several cold case task forces have reviewed the case over the
past 14 years. But a group of marshals working with prosecutors and
police in Bossier City found information that led to two
accomplices in the past week who identified Bolton as the shooter,
the Marshals Service said Saturday in a press release.
"The hard work and dedication of every law enforcement agency
handling this case should be commended," said Kelvin Washington,
U.S. Marshal for the District of South Carolina.
Morrical lived in Pasadena, Texas, and was traveling to
Shreveport to install a computer system for the U.S. Marshals
office. He worked in information technology and didn't carry a gun
or have the power to arrest.
But he was wearing a T-shirt that bore the U.S. Marshals' logo
when a gunman came up to him and demanded money as Morrical tried
to check in around 1 a.m. Police at the time said Morrical was
reaching for his wallet when he was shot in the head.
Bolton is being held on a fugitive warrant at the Spartanburg
County jail awaiting an extradition hearing. It wasn't immediately
clear if he had an attorney. The Marshals Service did not specify
the criminal charge facing Bolton. On the booking report, his
address was listed as a Spartanburg motel.
The killing shook up the Marshals Service, and people who worked
with Morrical are glad his alleged killer has been caught, said
Judd Nicholson, deputy assistant director of the U.S. Marshals
Service Information Technology Division.
"Bill Morrical's loss had an enormous impact on the IT
organization at that time, and many of his colleagues continue to
work at the Marshals Service," Nicholson said. "On behalf of
these personnel, I thank all those that played a part in the
capture and arrest of this criminal."